Joe Kellz revisits Mtebeti Wambali’s ‘Nkhujipereka’

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Youthful musician Joe Kellz recently revisited legendary musician Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire’s hit ‘Nkhujipereka’.

The musician decided to do the track in Chichewa, from its original taste of Tumbuka, and has used the genre of reggae.

Joe Kellz said he did the track as part of appreciating and also respecting Wambali’s talent.


Wambali died of Covid last week Sunday and was laid to rest at Area 18 Cemetery in Lilongwe.

The track has, however, received mixed reactions, with some painting praises on the artist saying he did a good job while others feel he has done injustice to the track and that he was not supposed to call it a tribute.

“Good work. You are talented. Now I have known what the song means now that it’s in Chichewa. In Tumbuka I was just enjoying the beat,” John Mnembo said.


But some felt the artist, who has collaborated with Patience Namadingo in one of the mash-ups, could have done a proper tribute rather than just singing Wambali’s song.

“To me this is not a tribute; he has just done Wambali’s song as it is. He could have done it differently,” said one fans commenting on social media.

The artist has previously done a number of covers.

Joe Kellz, real name Kelvin Jonathan Pangani, also earned the wrath of some people who felt the artist did not get consent in produce the work.

A debate also ensued on social media, with some saying the artist did not need to get consent being a tribute while others felt he needed to get permission from the family.

Meanwhile, the artist has apologised through social media for rushing to release the song before getting consent from Wambali’s family.

“I and my team have managed to go through the right protocols to release the tribute to the great Wambali. We are very thankful to the management team for understanding and forgiving our previous hasty action,” Joe Kellz said on his Facebook page.

Last week, Wambali’s family released a press statement where they spoke against piracy.

In the statement signed by Wambali’s manager Vitumbiko Mumba, the family said that there were some people who were leaking Wambali’s yet-to-be-released songs.

They advised that any song that was not released must not be leaked or shared.

“After mourning Wambali, the family will decide the way forward,” the statement reads.

In addition, the family also said those who want to rework or remix Wambali’s songs and release them as tributes should seek consent from them.

Information Minister Gospel Kazako has released a tribute poem for Wambali, which has seen Lulu producing a song.

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